Leslie R. Sautter, Ph.D.
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences,
College of Charleston
received her Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University
of South Carolina in 1990. Her research focuses on the paleoecology
and stable isotopic composition of planktonic foraminifera.
She became a geology department faculty member at the College
of Charleston, SC in 1992, and teaches classes in marine and
coastal geology and general marine science to undergraduates,
graduate students and K-12 teachers. Her activities devoted
to promoting undergraduate research, and her involvement with
developing new methods of teaching marine science to college
students and teachers earned her the 2002 National Marine
Education Award. With NOAA NOS funding, Sautter recently established
Project Oceanica at the College of Charleston, which serves
to bring scientific results to a broad audience of users through
development of research-oriented education products and resources.
Dr. Sautter participated in the Islands in the Stream 2001
expedition and will serve again as a shipboard geologist and
science education liaison for Islands in the Stream 2002 expedition.
Rachel McEvers graduated in 1992 with a B.S. in Speech Communication
from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She worked as
a senior program coordinator and team supervisor for five years
at a workers’ compensation administrator in St. Louis,
Missouri. After getting a taste of corporate America, she decided
to follow her dream of becoming a marine biologist. She moved
to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the College of Charleston
and received her B.S. in Marine Biology in 2001, graduating
Magna Cum Laude.
Trent Tinker is originally
from Myrtle Beach, SC. He graduated from College of Charleston
with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Geology. He
has been the Education Technology Specialist (webmaster) for
Project Oceanica since May 2004. In addition to working for
Project Oceanica, Trent is also a GIS / Web Specialist for the
Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University.
COASTeam Program Manager
McGuire is originally from Wilson, NC. She graduated with
a B.S. in Biology from East Carolina University in 2003, then
worked for Mote Marine Laboratory teaching marine science
camp to middle school and high school students. Now, Sarah
is working on her Master's degree in the Masters of Environmental
Studies Program at the College of Charleston, and will finish
up in May 2005. She has been working with the COASTeam Program
since fall 2003, first as a volunteer, then as a graduate
intern, and now as the Program Manager. After completing her
Masters degree, Sarah wants to combine her interests working
with middle and high school students with her interests in
marine biology to work in the marine education field.
Publication of Project
For questions or comments, e-mail Webmaster